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1/13/2011 —


Campus volunteers for Two Community Service Projects
Rachel Carson Homestead, Springdale, Pa.
Social Service Agencies, Uniontown, Pa.

In honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., student volunteers from Penn State New Kensington took on two community service projects, Jan. 17, in the local area and in the region.

Students worked at the Rachel Carson Homestead in the borough of Springdale in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and assisted various social service agencies in the city of Uniontown.

"This was a great opportunity for students to realize the impact they can have on the community learn the benefits of serving the community and helping those in need," said Vanessa Myers, assistant to the director of student affairs at the campus. "By giving up their day off and making it a day-on, the students really displayed their commitment to civic duty.”

The Carson homestead is the birthplace and early home of scientist and author, Rachel Carson (1907-1964). The 19th century farmhouse is listed as a National Historic Landmark and is situated in a suburban neighborhood where visitors can tour the four remaining rooms that Carson shared with her parents, her brother and sister. Her most famous book, "Silent Spring", was a warning about the dangers associated with the  use of chemical pesticides and the potentially adverse effect on the environment and human health. Carson promoted the need for more extensive research before releasing chemicals into our environment. The students assisted with general maintenance of the homestead.

Another group of New Kensington students travelled to Uniontown to meet their counterparts from Penn State Fayette and the Penn State campuses of Beaver, DuBois, Greater Allegheny, and Shenango. More than 75 undergraduates from the six western Pennsylvania campuses helped with the daily activities of various community organizations. The multi-campus community service project is an annual event that moves around the region.

Billed as “Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off,” the community service activities were a part of the University’s celebration of King’s birthday.

"Recruiting volunteers was easy," said Myers, who organized the service projects. "The students jumped at the chance to help people in the community."

For more information, contact Myers at vsm10@psu.edu or 724-334-6063.

Students from the six Penn State campuses in western Pa., volunteered at several community servcie organizations in the Uniontown area. PSNK junior Jimmy Baker (third for the right) was a part of a group that worked in the St. Vincent de Paul store.


Mt. Macrina Manor: A long-term care facility and provides clinical, rehabilitation, and support services, which is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Basil the Great.  Penn State students will assist with a remodelling project by stripping wallpaper. 

St. Vincent DePaul: The society operates a thrift store selling recyclable clothing, furniture, and goods.  Funds generated from the store operations assist people with a variety of food, clothing, and other solutions to emergency needs.  Penn State students will sort and clean donated goods. 

Fayette County SPCA: The non-profit organization was established for charitable and educational purposes, including the prevention of cruelty to animals.  Its mission is to care for and shelter homeless animals, relieve the suffering among animals from any source, provide humane education, and enforce the Animal Protection Laws of Pennsylvania.  Penn State students will clean the animal cages and give attention to the animals such as walking dogs. 

City Mission / Gallatin Living Center: The non-profit organization provides for the needs of the county's homeless people.  City Mission serves over 500 men, women, and children annually, providing them with an entire continuum of housing. Penn State students will help the Gallatin Living Center by packing up holiday decorations, cleaning the center, and organizing the reference library.

East End Community Center: The center is a safe place for youth that has educationally stimulating learning activities and a caring staff that provides an after school program for students of all ages. Penn State students will work with the children of the community center and handle various cleaning such as wiping down walls. 

City of Uniontown: The city was founded by Henry Beeson on July 4, 1776 ,and is the birthplace of General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff during World War II. Uniontown was a part of the Underground Railroad. Penn State students will help to beautify the city by cleaning the municipal parking garages. 

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